Warriors, Rockets set for Game 7 of Western Conference Finals vs Rockets

Arnold Nichols
May 29, 2018

Houston may have a problem going into Monday's Game 7 at home: The team that finished the regular season with the best record in the league struggled to get its offense going with the absence of injured star point guard Chris Paul.

The Warriors caught a break they, frankly, didn't deserve when Chris Paul suffered a hamstring strain in the final minute of Houston's victory here in Game 5, which puts Golden State in an exceedingly strong position to win this game, despite it being on the road. Game 6 began as if the Rockets would punch their ticket to the next round, but the Warriors recovered with a phenomenal second-half performance to prolong their season. With that being said, it made them the top-seeder in and earned them home court advantage throughout the 2018 NBA Playoffs. The Rockets are still in position to pull off the upset and advance to the NBA Finals given that this game is in Houston, but the loss of Paul just can't be underestimated.

In Houston's three wins in this series, James Harden is averaging 25.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 3-pointers while shooting 35.2% from the field and 15.8% from three. But the Rockets has to like their opportunities of securing their first NBA Finals berth since 1995.

It all comes down to Game 7. I mean, we all thought we were going to win Game 6, right? Throw in some bad defensive communication errors by the Warriors, and the Rockets were raining threes in the first half - 11-of-22, with Gordon going 4-of-4. Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night. Let's just get that out there. He must play like an MVP if the Rockets want to take down this Warriors team. "So you take him away from them, it's a huge loss for them", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. They've pushed the Warriors about as far as they can and have a legitimate shot at winning the series Monday (9 p.m. ET, TNT). The Rockets emerge significantly huge heading into Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Shooting 49.4 percent from the floor, including 16 of 38 on 3-pointers while producing 26 assists on 43 field goals, the Warriors again featured the offense that ran roughshod over the National Basketball Association.

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